Careem launched in Beirut two or three years in the past if I’m not mistaken however they solely lately began to market themselves correctly. As of final week, Careem has introduced that it’s launching in Jounieh. Being an Uber person, I used to be struggling to see why I might select Careem over Uber however there are three Careem options that give it a little bit of an edge over Uber:
1- Schedule Later: Uber lately launched the choice to schedule later rides however you continue to have to do it inside the similar day and it’s not as versatile as Careem’s “Trip Later” function. The truth is, Careem permits you to ebook a month earlier and has a sensible “Repeat” button in case you’re taking the identical journey a number of instances.
2- No Surge charge: A rider taking an Uber in a surging space may even see and settle for a surge multiplier of 1.3x or 2x, which signifies that he’ll find yourself paying twice as a lot for his normal journey due to site visitors. I’ve solely confronted this challenge a couple of times in Beirut and it sucks as a result of I had no different various. Effectively now you possibly can at all times go for Careem if you happen to discover Uber’s fare too excessive.
Three- Van: Careem gives you an “Financial system”, a “Prime” and a “Mini Van” choice. The Mini Van can turn out to be useful if you happen to’re touring and wish to ebook a household van upfront.
Careem was additionally the primary to introduce Money fee when it first launched right here nevertheless it didn’t take lengthy for Uber to allow the Money choice as effectively.
Previously two months, I’ve booked six Careem rides, together with a pre-scheduled airport pickup and two prime rides. The fares are similar to Uber and nearly all had been nice rides, the drivers had been tremendous pleasant besides one journey the place the prime automobile smelled like a cigarette.
One factor that annoys me a bit about Careem is the slow-responsiveness of the app and the design. I feel it wants a revamp however in any other case it’s nice. The truth is, I feel what Careem has accomplished previously 5 years is kind of spectacular for a startup given who they had been competing towards. Let’s not neglect the Dubai-based transportation community firm is a uncommon unicorn from the Center East, working in 13 international locations and 80 cities with over 250,000 captains on wheels.